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The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game road trip has not been going as planned.  They have yet to win a game and are in danger of being handed their sixth straight loss.  The Texas team would hope to avoid that as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 2 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 109-103 loss.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks while DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 114 games while the Thunder were kept to just 92 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-DeMar DeRozan (back; 23.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 53.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
-DeMarre Carroll (2.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Thunder shot thirty-five percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up ten points but only connect on three of his eleven shots attempted.  He did have eight rebounds and two assists while Dejounte Murray had nine points, which included one three-pointer.

Former Denver Nuggets’ power forward Trey Lyles contributed with six points while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 3 blocks.  Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer while Lonnie Walker was kept to just two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped six points.

On the other end of the court, Chris Paul got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block while both Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams scored six points each.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helped out with a three-pointer and a free-throw while grabbing two rebounds.  Dennis Schroder played 17 minutes off the bench but only had four points while the Spurs went into halftime with a 49-41 advantage.

The Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Thunder to fifty-five percent.  Murray added 16 points to his scoring total while Aldridge helped out with 15 points.  Patty Mills and Derrick White combined for 21 points off the bench.

As for the home team, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 29 points while Gallinari had nine points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Spurs who came away with a 114-106 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had a season-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (35-18) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 29 was the last time they fought each other as the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 127-120.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell settled for 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will go to Louisiana to see Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished that game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

The Indiana Pacers are on the longest losing streak of the season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they host the Brooklyn Nets at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  The Nets, on the other hand, are hoping to steer clear from a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 18 when the Pacers blew the Nets out, 115-86.  During that game, Aaron Holiday scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pacers and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 192 times in the past as the Pacers won 112 victories while the Nets were limited to 80 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (knee; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Chris Chiozza (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 30.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.5 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 46.3 3P%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, 29.3 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 3P%)

Indiana Pacers:

-Goga Bitadze (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.1 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Aaron Holiday (coach’s decision; 9.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.5 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 59.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Nets shot thirty-nine percent from the field while the Pacers shot forty-seven percent.  Taurean Prince scored 12 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Both Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert had eight points each while Spencer Dinwiddie earned six points.  Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points himself.

On the other end of the court, Myles Turner chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds and one steal while T.J. Warren helped out with 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo combined for 13 points while Malcolm Brogdon was kept scoreless.  Justin Holiday played 14 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Nets went into halftime with a 51 to 48 lead.

The Pacers would attempt to make a comeback as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty percent.  Sabonis dropped 15 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  Warren added 8 more points to his scoring total while Oladipo and Brogdon combined for 13 points.

As for the New York team, Dinwiddie scored 15 points but shot only twenty-seven percent.  Former Cavaliers’ player Joe Harris contributed with 14 points which held four three-pointers.  DeAndre Jordan played 16 minutes off the bench as he recorded 9 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With fifty seconds left in the game, the Pacers would hold a 103-99 lead.  Harris would then make a driving layup to bring the Nets within two.  Nineteen seconds later, he went and made a 28-foot three-pointer to take the lead.  Sabonis responded with a two-point jump shot to give the Pacers the lead again.

Out of a Nets’ timeout and with five seconds left, Spencer Dinwiddie made a clutch 21-foot step-back jump shot to give the visiting team an one-point lead.  Brogdon attempted to take a game-winning three-point shot with one second left but missed as the Nets held on to take a 106-105 win.  Dinwiddie finished the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and one block while Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying 11 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will host Pascal Siakam (23.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (39-14) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they play each other this season.  February 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Raptors crept away with a 119-118 win.  Fred VanVleet finished that game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists while Caris LeVert had 37 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Indiana Pacers will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 54.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (45-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 22 when the Pacers fell to the Bucks, 117-89.  During that game, Wesley Matthews scored 19 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

Monday, February 10, 2020

 

Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill.  The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent.  Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each.  Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line.  Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each.  Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run.  During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The New York Knicks have been playing impressive lately as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.  They will look to extend it to four as they battle the Detroit Pistons in Michigan.  The Pistons, who have traded Andre Drummond three days ago, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 6 when the Pistons handed the Knicks a 122-102 loss.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Julius Randle had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 397 times in the past as the Knicks won 213 games while the Pistons were kept to just 184 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (illness; 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
-Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 51.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (hip; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (hip; 8.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 42.5 3P%)
-Derrick Rose (groin; 18.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 49.8 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Brandon Knight (4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Pistons shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty-eight percent.  Both Christian Wood and Reggie Jackson dropped nine points which included a three-pointer each.  Wood recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists and one steal while Jackson had two rebounds and six assists.

Former Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker helped out with seven points while Bruce Brown had four points.  Tony Snell was held to just a three-pointer but managed to give out an assist, although he had two turnovers.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson had six points each while Julius Randle contributed with five points.  He had a three-pointer while Reggie Bullock knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Frank Ntilikina played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 50 to 48 lead.

The New York Knicks would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 47-42  run.  During that run, Randle scored 12 more points while grabbing four rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  As for the Pistons, Jackson scored 11 more points but it was the Knicks who came away with a win, 95-92.  Julius Randle finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Reggie Jackson had 20 points, 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 9 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to Georgia to take on John Collins (20.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (14-39) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Knicks blew the Hawks out, 143-120.  R.J. Barrett finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Trae Young had 42 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will host Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 42.0 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (16-35) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they battled each other as the Pistons fell to the Hornets, 110-107.  During that game, P.J. Washington scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, gave out 3 assists, and committed 4 steals while Derrick Rose settled for 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The 76ers are handed their fourth straight loss by the Bucks, 112-101

The 76ers are handed their fourth straight loss by the Bucks, 112-101

Friday, February 7, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t won a game since January 28 as they are on a three-game losing streak.  They are coming off a recent 137-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday.  With tonight’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, they will hope to avoid a fourth straight loss which would tie a season-high.

The Bucks, who are sitting on top of the Eastern Conference, are hoping to grab a third straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will face off this season.  The last time they met up was on Christmas Day when the Bucks fell to the 76ers, 121-109.  During that game, Joel Embiid scored 31 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and blocked two shots while Khris Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Bucks have battled each other a grand total of 260 times in the past as the 76ers won 131 games while the Bucks grabbed 129 victories.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Josh Richardson (hamstring; 15.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (personal; 3.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.6 FG%)
-Jonah Bolden (not with the team; 1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sterling Brown (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 37.2 FG%, 32.1 3P%)
-D.J. Wilson (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 24.4 3P%)
-Dragan Bender (3.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Frank Mason (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)
-George Hill (hamstring; 9.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 54.1 FG%, 51.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would keep it close in the first half as the Bucks shot forty-two percent from the field while the 76ers shot thirty-six percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.  He also had four assists while Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton combined for ten points.  Wesley Matthews had a three-pointer while Brook Lopez was kept to just two points.  Donte DiVincenzo played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

As for the visiting team, Tobias Harris scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Celtics’ center Al Horford contributed with six points which included two treys, as well.  Joel Embiid had just four points as he made only one of his eleven shots attempted.  Furkan Korkmaz played 15 minutes off the bench but only had seven points while the Bucks went into halftime with a 54-51 lead.

The Milwaukee Bucks would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, holding the 76ers to just thirty-seven percent.  Antetokounmpo added 17 points to his scoring total while collecting ten more rebounds.  He also had a three-pointer while Middleton helped out with 16 points, which included 3 three-pointers.  Robin Lopez was kept to just a free-throw in the 10 minutes he played off the bench.

On the other end of the floor, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris combined for 28 points while they both had 3 three-pointers each.  Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points while the Bucks came away with a 112-101 victory.  Giannis Antetokoumpo finished the game with 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Tobias Harris had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Jaren Jackson (17.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.5 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (26-25) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks will head to Florida to battle Nikola Vucevic (18.8 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 45.3 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (22-30) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 28 when the Magic fell to the Bucks, 111-100.  During that game, Middleton scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed 2 steals while Evan Fournier had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Thunder come away with a 109-103 win over the Cavaliers

The Thunder come away with a 109-103 win over the Cavaliers

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a four-game losing streak, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a 139-134 overtime loss they took in the hands of the New York Knicks on Monday.  Tonight, they will attempt to grab a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to grab a third straight victory tonight.  They are coming off of a 111-107 victory against the Phoenix Suns on Friday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.

January 4 was the last time they met up as the Cavaliers were handed a 121-106 loss.  During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 22 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal while Collin Sexton had 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 48 games while the Thunder went on to grab 66 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Tristan Thompson (quad; 11.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50.8 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-Ante Zizic (illness; 4.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 57.1 FG%)
-Marques Bolden (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Matt Mooney (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 70.0 FG%, 66.7 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Mike Muscala (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 38.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to just forty-seven percent.  Both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari scored 12 points which included a three-pointer each.  Gilgeous-Alexander had four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks while Gallinari had five rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul helped out with ten points while knocking down a shot from beyond the arc.  He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Luguentz Dort had two points.  Steven Adams was held scoreless but managed to record three rebounds and two assists.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for 15 points.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Love and Collin Sexton both had 12 points each while they both drilled two three-pointers.  North Carolina-native John Henson earned himself six points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off one assist, and blocking two shots.  Larry Nance played 15 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 61 to 53 lead.

The Ohio team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 50-48 run in the second half, shooting forty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland combined for 21 points while they both had two three-pointers each.  Kevin Love chalked up eight points on forty-two percent shooting while Nance had six off the bench.

As for the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dropped 11 more points but shot only forty percent.  Dennis Schroder added to his scoring total as he recorded 15 more points off the bench as the Thunder were able to hold on to take a 109-103 victory.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Collin Sexton had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Kawhi Leonard (27.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46.5 FG%, 37.1 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (35-15) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will match up with each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 14 when the Clippers handed the Cavaliers a 128-103 loss.  Collin Sexton finished that game with 25 points, one rebound, one assist, and two steals while Kawhi Leonard had 43 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Andre Drummond (17.5 PPG, 15.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 04.8 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (18-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will see each other during this season.

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their third straight victory tonight after defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday, 112-107.  They will hope to do so as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  As for the Magic, they will try to grab a second consecutive win.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 5 when the Magic fell to the Thunder, 102-94.  During that game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Thunder won 38 games while the Magic grabbed 23 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vic Law (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (ankle; 11.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 60.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Terrance Ferguson (personal; 5.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Abdel Nader (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 34.7 FG%, 14.7 3P%)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to just thirty-nine percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block while Nerlens Noel helped out with 10 points.

Both Danilo and Gallinari and Chris Paul chalked up six points each.  Gallinari earned three of his from beyond the arc as he grabbed four rebounds, dished out one assist, and committed one steal while Paul recorded one rebound, five assists, and one steal.  Dennis Schroder played 16 minutes off the bench as he dropped 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Vucevic chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Wes Iwundu, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz all had five points while Aaron Gordon earned four points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 60-51 advantage.

The Magic will look to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 63-60 run, both teams shooting fifty-seven percent from the field each.  During that run, Vucevic added 10 more points to his scoring total while Gordon also scored 10 points.  Fournier, Fultz, and Iwundu combined for 14 points while Ross dropped 19 off the bench.

As for the Oklahoma team, Chris Paul scored 13 points but shot only thirty-eight percent.  Schroder chalked up 20 points off the bench as the Thunder held on to defeat the Magic, 120-114.  Dennis Schroder finished that game with a season-high-tying 31 points, along with 3 rebounds, and a season-high-tying 9 assists.  Terrence Ross settled for a season-high-tying 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kemba Walker (22.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (28-14) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other during this season.

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

Monday, January 20, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons will look to grab a third straight win today as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena.  If they win today, it will mark their first three-game winning streak this season.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Today’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 26 when the Pistons handed the Wizards a 132-102 blowout loss.  During that game, Christian Wood scored 22 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked one shot while Anzejs Pasencniks had 17 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Wizards have faced each other a grand total of 295 times as the Wizards won 133 games while the Pistons went on to grab 162 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Thon Maker (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Washington Wizards:

-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle; 8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Wizards shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot fifty-two percent.  Derrick Rose scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond helped out with nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

Tony Snell drained two three-pointers while Sekou Doumbouya recorded four points.  Doumbouya also had two defensive rebounds while Bruce Brown was limited to just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only scored four points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Ian Mahinmi contributed 12 points as he missed only one of his six shots attempted.  Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton combined for five points while Isaac Bonga was kept scoreless.  Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Washington Wizards went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

The home team would start to close things out in the second half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, keeping the Detroit ball club to thirty-three percent.  Beal added to his scoring total with 13 points on forty-five percent shooting.  Mahinmi dropped nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting, including a three-pointer.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the Pistons, Tony Snell chalked up ten points which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  Drummond and Rose combined for 17 points.  Svi Mykhailuk played 13 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Wizards who pulled out a 106-100 victory.  Bradley Beal finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, six assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Buddy Hield (20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.8 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two teams will see each other this season.

The Washington Wizards will head to South Florida to battle Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 26.5 3P%) and the Miami Heat (29-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will battle it out this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 30 when the Heat fell to the Wizards, 123-105.  Jordan McRae finished that game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Butler had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

Sunday, January 19, 2020

 

Karl-Anthony Towns returned to action last night after missing a month due to a knee injury.  He recorded 27 points on 42% shooting but the Minnesota Timberwolves still fell to Indiana Pacers, 116-114.  Tonight, they will hope to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Toronto Raptors at the Target Center.

The Raptors, on the other hand, just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Friday, 140-111.  They will try to grab a third straight victory tonight.  This matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors have met up a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 31 games while the Timberwolves were kept to just 15 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 35.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Jack Layman (toe; 10.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.7 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Kelan Martin (G-League; 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.8 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
-Allen Crabbe (illness; 5.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Jaylen Nowell (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.5 FG%, 11.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Raptors shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-five percent.  Fred VanVleet chalked up 16 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He also three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Kyle Lowry had eleven points, including a three-pointer.

The 2018-2019 Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam helped out 10 points while grabbing two rebounds, giving out two assists, and blocking three shots.  Marc Gasol, who returned to action on Wednesday after being out for nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, had four points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Jarrett Culver chalked up 16 points which included four three-pointers.  Andrew Wiggins contributed with 15 points while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 12 points.  Robert Convington and Shabazz Napier combined for eight points.  Josh Okogie played 15 minutes off the bench but only had four points but the Timberwolves still went into halftime with a 62 to 58 lead.

The Raptors would not give in as they came out of the locker room and sparked a 64-50 second-half run, shooting fifty-two percent.  During that run, Lowry dropped 17 points, earning 12 of them from beyond the arc.  VanVleet helped out with 13 points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Powell had 13 points as he played the most minutes off the bench.

As for the Minnesota team, Convington scored 16 more points while Towns was kept scoreless.  Okogie played 11 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Raptors who came up on top, 122-112.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals while Jarrett Culver settled for 26 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will head down to Georgia to take on Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 37.6 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-32) on Monday at 2:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 23 when the Raptors snuck away with a 119-116 win.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Young had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Nikola Jokic (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (29-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  December 20 was the last time they battled each other as the Timberwolves fell to the Nuggets, 109-100.  During that game, Jamal Murray scored 28 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished out 5 assists, and stole the ball 3 times while Andrew Wiggins had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.